Nov. 5, 2010

Courtesy of Cornell Athletics

ITHACA, N.Y. - Hayley Hughes had a goal and two assists and Amanda Mazzotta recorded her 13th career shutout as No. 2 Cornell knocked off No. 10 Harvard 3-0 on Friday evening at Lynah Rink. The Big Red (5-1-0, 3-0-0 ECAC Hockey) rebounded from a 4-3 overtime loss on Tuesday to No. 4 Mercyhurst with its first win over a ranked team this season, handing the Crimson its first loss of the season (1-1-1, 1-1-1 ECAC Hockey).

Hughes scored the game-winner just 7:30 into the contest on a blast in front of the net off a nifty feed from Laura Fortino. Catherine White picked up her fifth assist of the season on the power play goal as well. The penalty and ensuing goal shifted momentum, which sat with the visitors at the time, and Cornell never looked back. The home team held an 11-5 shot advantage after one and increased it to 24-13 after two, as Cornell picked up two more tallies to take a 3-0 lead into the final period.

Amber Overguard and Lauriane Rougeau each got their first goals of the season in the second, with Hughes assisting on the first score midway through the period in five-on-five action. Six minutes later, Rougeau scored again on the power play with both Fortino and Hughes picking up their second assists of the evening.

Cornell had plenty of opportunities with an extra skater, with seven power play opportunities on eight Crimson infractions, generating 10 shots on goal and numerous other dangerous scoring opportunities. The Big Red, meanwhile, was whistled just twice

Harvard, desperate to get on the scoreboard against Mazzotta, peppered the goaltender with 11 third-period shots, but she was up to thechallenge in posting her first shutout of the young season. Her counterpart, Laura Bellamy, made 26 saves of her own, including 21 in the first two periods to keep the Crimson from falling further behind.

Cornell will look to remain unbeaten in conference play tomorrow when it plays host to Dartmouth at 4 p.m. at Lynah Rink. The Big Green are coming off a 6-2 victory over Colgate on Friday evening.